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Why science and synchronized swimming should not be Olympic sports

Neil Hall

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Centre for Genomic Research, University of Liverpool, Crown St, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK

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Genome Biology 2012, 13:171  doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-9-171

Published: 26 September 2012

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The brief, for my intermittent comment column for Genome Biology, was to "give a UK perspective" while "keeping it interesting for an international audience". That's a tough brief. There is little reason for people to take an interest in events taking place in a rainy windswept island, famous mostly for bad food, greedy bankers and reality shows. Recently, though, because of the London 2012 Olympics, the focus of the world's attention has briefly flitted in our direction. So, while basking in our reflected Olympic glory, I will start with sport.